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November 2018: Silvia Campanini

There are key values that we promote and encourage at FIT4MOM. We believe in building community, raising healthy children, nurturing connections, supporting each other, motivating transformation and inspiring positive energy. Our November Mom of the Month embodies all of these values and we just love to be around her beautiful energy. Silvia Campanini has been a part of FIT4MOM for more than a year and has become an essential part of our community. She is always encouraging and friendly and despite the obstacles she's faced along her fitness journey, we've never seen her give up or lose her motivation. She rests when she needs to rest and when she is able, she pushes herself and paces herself to reach new fitness milestones. A year ago, she never pictured herself as a runner. Now she can run the entire Silver Lake Reservoir and carry on a conversation. She can also complete Stroller Strides classes without a break and she can even sing American nursery rhymes as well as any instructor, albeit with a little Italian accent. We are so grateful to have Silvia in our lives and our classes. Congratulations on being our Mom of the Month!

Where are you originally from?

I’m from Italy, I moved to the US 3 years ago from Milano.

Tell us about your little workout buddy!

My son Oliver is 18 months old. We started Stroller Stride when he was a sweet baby boy cheering for me while working out. He is a toddler now and he prefers to complain and eat during the activity.

How did you choose his name?

Both my husband and I were very torn about the origin of the name, we wanted something easy to pronounce and meaningful both for the Italian grandparents and the English speakers. Basically impossible! We postponed our departure from the hospital for hours because we couldn't decide on a name! Finally Oliver seemed like the best name that would integrate both cultures.

How did you meet your husband?

My husband and I met very young, we were around 12 years old. We grew up in the same neighborhood, but then we both traveled around for University or jobs. He moved to LA 10 years ago and we spent 6 years apart.

What's your favorite thing to do on a "date night?”

We love to try new restaurants and walk to the Griffith Observatory after dinner.

Tell us a little about your career (pre or post baby)…

Before moving to LA I worked for several years in the Louis Vuitton marketing department. My job kept me very busy with tons of travel and fashion shows.

How did you find out about FIT4MOM and what classes do you attend?

After having Oliver I had a tough time with my physical recovery, so I wasn’t looking for a work out activity right away. Then I met Luciana who told me about how wonderful the FIT4MOM group was, so I decided to give it a try. It was the best decision ever! Now I attend Stroller Strides 4 times per week (Silverlake + Glendale) and Run Club on Saturdays.

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?

I love how it motivates you to be the best version of yourself by working out at your own pace, while making friends for both me and my son.

Plus after a long time I can finally see improvements in my strength and cardio conditioning. My dad couldn't believe me when I told him I was running and training for my first race!

What are your favorite family activities?

Our favorite family activities are Sunday brunch with friends and visiting the LA Zoo.

What is your proudest moment as a mom?

My proudest moment as a mom are all those times when I don’t think I have the physical strength to do something but somehow I manage do it anyway.

What has been the most challenging part of motherhood?

For me the most challenging part of motherhood has been raising my son without the presence (physical and emotional) of my mother.

How has becoming a mother changed you?

Becoming a mother changed all my priorities and made me realize how lucky I am each and every day.

What advice would you give a new mom?

I would tell her to follow her own instincts and not ask too much to her body. And of course I would strongly suggest for her to find her tribe because it takes a village!